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Reviews » DVD Video Reviews » Intercessor: Another Rock and Roll Nightmare
Intercessor: Another Rock and Roll Nightmare
Other // Unrated // November 29, 2005
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Review by Ian Jane | posted October 9, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

The original Canadian heavy metal superhero, Thor (also known as Jon Mikl Thor) is back as… The Intercessor! This 'sort of' follow up film to the original 1987 Rock N Roll Nightmare (known outside of North America as The Edge Of Hell) finds Thor playing a mystical hero who must save the Earth.

You see, The Intercessor has been stuck on Earth for a while now in the form of a simple human man, but when Mephisto summons the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and a gang of elemental demons to bring chaos to the Earth, he will rise again. Mephisto's plan is to corrupt and destroy the only pure souls left on the planet, which in turn should open up a gateway to Hell. What he doesn't realize, however, is that not only will he have to deal with The Intercessor, but that a competing evil force in the form of Zompira has also got her sights set on him!

The two pure souls that Mephisto is after reside in the bodies of a young comic book artist named Harry who lives with his grandmother, and a young woman named Laura who has her head in the clouds. Many of the locals are turned into zombies by Zompira and The Intercessor will have to act fast to save the world from certain doom.

Or something like that.

This movie is a mess. While I appreciate that the filmmakers were trying to capture the spirit of the original film, and bringing Thor back was a step in the right direction in that regard, it just doesn't happen. I can look past the ultra low budget effects, I can look past the fact that it's very obviously shot fast and cheap on video, and I can look past the amateurish acting but I can't look past the fact that nothing really comes together. There's no pay off here, unless you're into really low budget digital and organic effects, bad one liners, and horrible dialogue. The coolness of Thor can only carry the movie so far…

On the positive side, the soundtrack for the movie is a lot of fun. Not only are there a few tracks from Thor on here, but there's also a song from The Punk Group (a favorite local band), and Them's Fighting Words. It's a nice selection of metal and punk and it definitely makes things a little more tolerable. But sadly, when the dust settles, it isn't enough to really make this one a worthwhile endeavor. The cinematography, pacing and script are just too nonsensical to be effective as a serious film or as a comedy and what we're left with is quite painful. Sorry, Thor. I love you and your work and always will and I really wanted to like this one, but no matter how hard I tried it just didn't happen.

The DVD

Video:

Well, this puppy was shot on video so it's only going to look so good but as far as the actual transfer itself goes, on a technical level, there's not much to find fault with. Truly and honestly, the flaws that are visible are inherent in the source material and not caused by poor disc authoring or anything like that. The black levels stay pretty strong, there aren't any issues with print damage or grain (obviously) and the color reproduction is stronger and more accurate than your average low budget shot on video feature.

Sound:

The English language Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo soundtrack is fine. Though there are no subtitle or alternate language options, the dialogue is cleaner and cleared than you'd probably expect it to be and the soundtrack, which is the best part of the movie, sounds pretty decent as well. While this isn't home theater demo material by any means, it does a fine job with the material.

Extras:

In terms of supplements, we get three videos (only one of which is from Thor), four deleted scenes, and a still gallery. The videos are fun, and it's nice to see them here, and if you were into the film you'll groove on the deleted scenes though they really don't add a whole lot of the movie and look to have been wisely trimmed for pacing reasons.

Final Thoughts:

Failing to recreate the cheesy charm of the original Rock N Roll Nightmare despite the presence of Thor, Intercessor is a pretty horrible film that borders on the unwatchable. If you're a Thor fanatic, you'll want it for the music and the extra features but I can't see anyone else wanting to subject themselves to this one, even if Sub Rosa did a pretty solid job on the DVD itself. Skip it.

Ian lives in NYC with his wife where he writes for DVD Talk, runs Rock! Shock! Pop!. He likes NYC a lot, even if it is expensive and loud.

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